Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Condom Crap

Let's go ahead and get this out of the way now.


Everybody got that?


Of course, that's not what you're hearing. What you're hearing is the media noise that he has reversed the Church's position on this issue.

He hasn't.

Here's the full excerpt, courtesy of Catholic World Report:

Q. On the occasion of your trip to Africa in March 2009, the Vatican’s policy on AIDs once again became the target of media criticism.Twenty-five percent of all AIDs victims around the world today are treated in Catholic facilities. In some countries, such as Lesotho, for example, the statistic is 40 percent. In Africa you stated that the Church’s traditional teaching has proven to be the only sure way to stop the spread of HIV. Critics, including critics from the Church’s own ranks, object that it is madness to forbid a high-risk population to use condoms.

A. The media coverage completely ignored the rest of the trip to Africa on account of a single statement. Someone had asked me why the Catholic Church adopts an unrealistic and ineffective position on AIDs. At that point, I really felt that I was being provoked, because the Church does more than anyone else. And I stand by that claim. Because she is the only institution that assists people up close and concretely, with prevention, education, help, counsel, and accompaniment. And because she is second to none in treating so many AIDs victims, especially children with AIDs.

I had the chance to visit one of these wards and to speak with the patients. That was the real answer: The Church does more than anyone else, because she does not speak from the tribunal of the newspapers, but helps her brothers and sisters where they are actually suffering. In my remarks I was not making a general statement about the condom issue, but merely said, and this is what caused such great offense, that we cannot solve the problem by distributing condoms. Much more needs to be done. We must stand close to the people, we must guide and help them; and we must do this both before and after they contract the disease.

As a matter of fact, you know, people can get condoms when they want them anyway. But this just goes to show that condoms alone do not resolve the question itself. More needs to happen. Meanwhile, the secular realm itself has developed the so-called ABC Theory: Abstinence-Be Faithful-Condom, where the condom is understood only as a last resort, when the other two points fail to work.
This means that the sheer fixation on the condom implies a banalization of sexuality, which, after all, is precisely the dangerous source of the attitude of no longer seeing sexuality as the expression of love, but only a sort of drug that people administer to themselves. This is why the fight against the banalization of sexuality is also a part of the struggle to ensure that sexuality is treated as a positive value and to enable it to have a positive effect on the whole of man’s being.

There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where
this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility, on the way toward recovering an awareness that not everything is allowed and that one cannot do whatever one wants. But it is not really the way to deal with the evil of HIV infection. That can really lie only in a humanization of sexuality.

Q. Are you saying, then, that the Catholic Church is actually not opposed in principle to the use of condoms?

A. She of course does not regard it as a real or moral solution, but, in this or that case, there can be nonetheless, in the intention of reducing the risk of infection, a first step in a movement toward a different way, a more human way, of living sexuality.

So. Let's review. Condoms are bad because they contribute to the banalization of sexuality. They actually harm the sexual act and the participating parties. However, in some cases, you might have something happen where the use of a condom could be a positive step for someone's moral sense in that they are no longer thinking completely from selfish desires, ie- they think of the other person and don't want them to contract a disease.

What is the utility in all this? The Pope specifically mentions that it's the person's conscience taking a step towards realizing that they can't just do whatever they want. It doesn't make the act of using the condom ok.


For crying out loud, he's even using an example that completely takes contraception off the board (male prostitute). And yes, I'm making a bit of an assumption that the sex being brought up here is of the homosexual persuasion, but since he specifically mentions the intent as limited to not spreading infection, I think that's well within reason.

Anyways, this is all about the press trying to make Pope Benedict into another Paul VI. Remember what they did with Humanae Vitae? That's what this is. It's deja vu all over again. Do not let them get away with it. Tell the people you know the truth.

Do not let the Pope and the Church be smeared in this fashion. Do not let others be led astray.

1 comment:

Karl said...

The world has a first grade reading level.